In 1979, the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a Pastoral Letter identifying racism as a sin, one that “divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members … and violates the fundamental dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.” Four decades later, the sin of racism continues to inhibit our attempts to assure a true civil society.
Lourdes is a Franciscan university, one that values a diverse community, where all individuals are reverenced. As a liberal arts institution committed to finding truth and making meaning of the world, the Lourdes University community must actively help our nation heal.
While some progress has been made on racial inequality, fundamental change has not occurred. The resultant link between racism and economic injustice must be addressed and not ignored.
Lourdes wholeheartedly supports peaceful protests against racial injustice and all forms of inequality. Working together with the greater community, Lourdes seeks to be a leader, playing our part in modeling a society that respects the dignity of every human being.
We invite community leaders and all citizens to join us on Thursday, June 4 at 12 noon. As a united community, we will gather on mid campus near the Ebeid Recreation Center for prayer, reflection and a call to action.
During the service, attendees will be encouraged to identify and make a commitment to a personal and professional action they can take to help eliminate racism and economic injustice. We must individually and collectively work toward a better society where all are valued and treated fairly.
For the health and safety of all, attendees are required to wear face coverings during this event and observe social distancing protocols.
Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.
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